Pupils Benefit From £7,000 It Upgrade After School Wins Big With Redway Networks & Aerohive

Pupils at a secondary school in south Staffordshire are celebrating after winning a £7,000 IT upgrade that will boost their learning and development.

Students at Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School in Cheslyn Hay, near Cannock, were successful in a competition run by technology specialists Redway Networks, based in Milton Keynes.

As demand for internet bandwidth within schools continues to be put under pressure, the Redway Networks Ultimate Schools Win Big competition sets out to help students and staff who depend on using mobile devices in the classroom for more intuitive learning experiences, by offering a free, business-standard WiFi upgrade to one successful educational establishment.

Following Cheslyn Hay’s win, the school’s outdated WiFi network has been completely overhauled. Its campus has been kitted out with the very latest, enterprise-grade WiFi networking equipment, comprising an Aerohive HiveManager NG and AP130 dual radio access points, which together retail at more than £7,000.

Leigh Hayes, Director at Redway Networks, said: “We do a lot of work to keep the education industry connected and wanted to give something back. Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School will benefit instantly from this more-readily-available access to online tools and improved connectivity.”

The Redway Networks Ultimate Schools Win Big competition was open to schools throughout the UK to enter through Redway Networks’ website, with the winner selected at random after a four-month nominations period.

The competition was supported by Aerohive Networks, whose equipment was installed in the winning school. Raif Mehmet, Sales Director at Aerohive Networks, said: “This solution will future-proof Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School’s digital capabilities and give them a clear upgrade path as their needs advance or change in the future.”

The school’s ICT Development Manager, Kristopher Jobson, said: “Winning this competition has replaced our outdated WiFi provision. With this solution, alongside the amazing support from Redway Networks and Aerohive Networks, we are really connecting students and staff to education content easily and more securely. I did not realise what was possible until I saw this solution.”

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Raif Mehmet, Sales Director, Aerohive Networks and Leigh Hayes, Sales Director, Redway Networks are seen here presenting the award to Nicky Crookshank, Headteacher of Cheslyn Hay Sports and Community School and Kristopher Jobson, ICT Development Manager.